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Stephen (Steve) Dunnett (born 28 January 1950)is a British neuroscientist, and among the most highly cited researcher in the neurosciences. He is a professor at Cardiff Universitymarker and the founder and co-director of the Brain Repair Group, where he works on developing cell therapies for neurodegenerative diseases including Parkinson's disease and Huntington's disease.He is also editor-in-chief of the scientific journal Brain Research Bulletin.

Early life and education

Dunnett was born in London, where he attended Eltham Collegemarker, an independent school, then won an open exhibition to study Mathematics at Churchill College, Cambridgemarker. After graduating in 1972, he worked for several years as social worker in the London Borough of Southwarkmarker.

He returned to university to study for a second bachelor's degree in psychology at Birkbeck College, Londonmarker,from where he graduated in 1978 with the prize for the top first class degree in the Faculty of Sciences. Dennett then returned to Cambridge Universitymarker in 1978 as a research student at Clare Collegemarker and was awarded a PhD in experimental psychology in 1981.

Academic career

After a brief spell as a visiting research scientist at Lund Universitymarker in 1981-2, Dunnettreturned to Cambridge until his move to Cardiff University in 2000. He was a Fellow of Clare College from 1984 onwards, and from 1992 to 1999 he was also Director of Scientific Programmes at the Medical Research Council Centre for Brain Repair in Cambridge.

Awards and honours

In 1988, the British Psychological Society awarded Dunnett the Spearman medal for outstanding published work by an early-career researcher. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine the next year, and of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2003. He was the Knight Visiting Professor at the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1992. Dunnett has also been awarded the Alfred Mayer medal of the British Neuropathological Society (1998) and Honorary Fellowship of the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society (2002).


Books that Dunnett has co-authored or co-edited include:


  1. Dunnett, Stephen B. Accessed 2009-09-02.
  2. Prof Steve Dunnett: Overview. Cardiff University. Accessed 2009-09-02.
  3. The Brain Repair Group. Cardiff University. Accessed 2009-09-02.
  4. Prof Steve Dunnett: Biography. Cardiff University. Accessed 2009-09-02.

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